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Posted on: July 27, 2022

Candidate Filing Period and Campaign Signs

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Filing for a Seat

Arden Hills will have four seats on the November 8 general election ballot ~ the Mayor and two City Councilmember seats, which are four-year seats with terms running 2023-2026, and then one, special two-year seat with a term running 2023-2024.  Candidate filing packets can be obtained online from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State or Ramsey County Elections and paper copies can be picked up at City Hall. You can file your Affidavit of Candidacy either at City Hall or at the Ramsey County Elections Office located on Plato Blvd. in St. Paul.  Your Affidavit of Candidacy must be filed by August 16th at 5:00 pm.

Once you file, you will receive a handout from the City Clerk asking that you submit a candidate profile that is no more than 350 words in length together with a photo to Grace Arel, Communications Coordinator, by 5:00 pm on Monday, August 29th.  The candidate profiles will be featured in the August/September newsletter (scheduled to reach mailboxes in the middle of September). 

A Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV) will take place on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 pm at City Hall.  More information about this event will be provided by the LWV to the candidates that filed following the closure of the filing period.  

Campaign Sign Guidance

Per Minnesota State Statute 211B.045, campaign signs can be posted from June 24 to November 18.

Please remember the below guidance regarding political campaign signs during the election season:

  • Campaign signs should not interfere with regulatory signs and traffic control devices.
    • Signs cannot be placed in the Clear Vision Triangle, which extends 30 feet in each direction from the intersection corners.

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  • Property owners must grant permission for placement of signs on their property.
    • Failure to obtain permission may result in removal of the sign.
  • Signs are prohibited on property owned by the city, county, federal government and school districts.  
  • Signs placed within city right-of-way should not be placed within five (5) feet of the edge of the roadway pavement or curb.
    • The City of Arden Hills is not responsible for damage to signs placed in the right-of-way.
    • Signs placed in Ramsey County or State of Minnesota right-of-way are subject to Ramsey County and State of Minnesota consent and regulations.
  • Do not attach signs to public utility poles, trees, street signs, stoplights, or fences.
  • If the city receives a complaint or finds a violation on city property or the right-of-way, the sign will be removed and stored at Arden Hills City Hall.
  • Candidates have 10 days following an election to remove signs, per state statute (November 18).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact city staff at 651-792-7800.

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